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Table 6 Respondents with knowledge of risk factors of cervical cancer, methods of prevention of cervical cancer and methods of prevention of breast cancer

From: Women’s knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) relating to breast and cervical cancers in rural Zimbabwe: a cross sectional study in Mudzi District, Mashonaland East Province

Risk factors of cervical cancer (N = 409) n %
 Having multiple sexual partners 54 13.2
 Early onset of sexual activity 12 2.9
 Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) 21 5.1
 Tobacco use 4 1
 Insertion of herbs 91 22.2
 Dry sex 17 4.2
 Other (specify) 26 6.4
 Do not know 140 34.2
Methods of prevention for cervical cancer (N = 409) n %
 Early treatment of STIs 14 3.4
 Avoid multiple sexual partners 47 11.5
 Avoid early sexual intercourse 12 2.9
 Quit Tobacco use 4 1
 Through vaccination of HPV vaccine 3 0.7
 Practice safe sex 23 5.6
 Avoid insertion of herbs/dry sex 82 20
 Encourage partner to go for male circumcision 26 6.4
 Regular screening 16 3.9
 Other (Specify) 9 2.2
 Do not know 122 29.8
There is no statistically significant relationship between age and knowledge of preventing the development of cervical cancer
Prevention methods for breast cancer (N = 409) n %
 Breast cancer screening(self-breast examination or mammogram) 65 15.9
 Avoid exposure to environmental carcinogens 16 3.9
 Reduce alcohol intake 0 0
 Quit smoking 3 0.7
 Exercising regularly 249 60.9
 Balanced diet 6 1.5
 Other (Specify)_______________ 15 3.7
 Do not know 148 36.2
There is no statistically significant relationship between age and knowledge of methods of preventing breast cancer.